For the tenth year in a row, the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood are statistically the noisiest area in the ‘city that never sleeps’.
Data shows that their residents consistently lodge most 311 noise complaints.
Mr Johnathan Moca has lived in Inwood for the past seven years. He works as a construction worker and claims that: “It’s been like this for years, the whole time I’ve lived here, and no one has done shit about it.”
“If there’s all these complaints, you’d think the city would actually try and do something about it.”
Out of the 410k noise complaints, these two Upper Manhattan areas were responsible for some 6% of those, significantly more than any other area in the city.
An elderly woman who didn’t want to be named said: “One tires of telling people to stop,” as strains of hip-hop carried in through a window from a nearby building.
Mr Gordon Turner says he has made numerous noise complaints: “The area is nice. It’s the people that are a problem. It’s the businesses, too. There’s this place nearby and the music was so f–king loud I couldn’t talk to the person in front of me. I don’t know what’s happening, but it’s this trend that everyone is doing,”
Mr Danilo Brito, 24 years old, also lives in the building and confirmed what Mr Turner states: “Fine, play music. But why does it have to be so damn loud? They forget that this is a community with families.”